Hurricane Erin grazes Bermuda
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Hurricane Erin continued to gain strength Sunday but posed increasingly less threat to land as it strayed farther out in the Atlantic.
The worst part of the storm, with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 km/h), passed to the northeast of Bermuda on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
At 11 p.m. EDT, the National Weather Service placed the large eye of Erin, the first hurricane of the 2001 Atlantic season, 115 miles (185 kilometers) northeast of Bermuda. The storm was moving north-northwest at 10 mph (17 km/h).
As predicted, the storm -- upgraded earlier Sunday to a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale -- did not hit Bermuda directly. The island's government instituted a tropical storm warning Sunday night, down from a hurricane warning earlier in the day.
The National Weather Service said the warning will likely be discontinued sometime Monday morning.
Erin should cause above normal tides, large waves and tropical storm-force squalls in Bermuda through the night, forecasters said. But conditions on the island should improve over the next 12 hours as the system moves away.
The National Weather Service said Erin's hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from its center, with tropical storm force winds extending to 175 miles (280 kilometers).
The escalation to hurricane status Saturday represented the latest in Erin's up-and-down ride since it appeared in the Atlantic last week. Just four days ago the storm had dissipated to a tropical wave -- only to regain tropical storm status a few days later.
Five storms have reached named status this hurricane season in the Atlantic, but Erin was the first to become a hurricane. All rode a roller coaster of strengthening and weakening as they plowed their way west.
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August 21, 2001
Chantal strength steady, but still disorganized
August 19, 2001
Chantal churns past Jamaica
August 18, 2001
Fading Barry headed for Mississippi, Arkansas
August 6, 2001
Allison's 12-day march leaves 35 dead, $1 billion plus in damage
June 17, 2001
Hurricane Season 2001
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